After tasting their first defeat against Nigeria in the boys’ team event of the 2019 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Tunisia’s captain, Aboubaker Bourass had admitted that Nigeria remains the only dangerous team in the competition.
Despite giving his team a 1-0 lead after beating Augustine Emmanuel 3-1, Tunisia succumbed to the superiority of the young Nigerians with Azeez Solanke and Abayomi Animashaun recoding an emphatic win over Youssef Ben Attia and Louay Hamrouni to give Nigeria a 3-1 win in their first group match.
But a disappointed Bourass told Sportinglife.ng that he was not surprised by the fighting spirit cum skills of the Nigerians as they are a complete team.
Nigeria has been drawn in Group Two alongside Tunisia, Ghana and Congo DRC with winners advancing to the semifinal stage of the competition. Finalists in the event are expected to secure their places at the WJC in Thailand come December 2019.